The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting You - Nir & Far
Published June 26, 2017
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    Not so long ago, my after work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I’d sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my solo version of “Netflix and chill,” which meant keeping company with a cold pint of ice cream. I knew the ice cream, and the sitting, were probably a bad idea, but I told myself this was my well-deserved “reward” for working so hard.

    Psychological researchers have a name for this phenomenon: it’s called “ego depletion.” The theory is that willpower is connected to a limited reserve of mental energy, and once you run out of that energy, you’re more likely to lose self-control. This theory would seem to perfectly explain my after-work indulgences.

    You can read the Nir and Far blog post on: The Way You Think About Willpower is Hurting You https://www.nirandfar.com/2016/11/the-way-you-think-about-willpower-is-hurting-you.html

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